Breastfeeding Matters Saskatoon

Breastfeeding Your Baby: Mothers' Milk, Babies' Choice

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Taking Care of Yourself

Rest and sleep when you can. Take time for yourself to feel happy.

Your body is healing and getting used to breastfeeding. Your body’s way of dealing with this is to increase your need for sleep. The hormones of breastfeeding will make you feel relaxed and sleepy as well.

Keep the time when your baby sleeps for yourself. Be patient with your recovery. It can take months.

You may feel a strain in your physical relationship with your partner. There may not even be the time to talk about your day, let alone think about sex. You may have to re-learn how to be physical with each other.

Taking care of your body:

Soap can cause drying of the nipples. You can massage breastmilk into your nipples to prevent cracking. When possible allow your nipples to dry in the air. Choose cotton bras.

Many mothers leak while nursing or when they think of their baby. You can press your hand firmly into your breast to stop the flow. Nursing pads in a bra can help you to keep your clothing dry (paper tissues next to the nipple are too rough).

If your nipple sticks to the bra or nursing pad, moisten it with water. Learning how to express milk from your breasts will help you to keep your breasts feeling comfortable (see Hand Expression).

Can I lose weight while breastfeeding?

Nursing often is a physical activity that improves your body's metabolism the same way exercise does. It will also help stabilize your insulin levels if you have had gestational diabetes. Losing the weight you gained will happen more easily if you nurse often and

  • avoid introducing your baby to formula or solid foods before six months,
  • continue to nurse your baby into the second year. and beyond

Avoid dieting as this can make you feel physical tired and can make you feel cranky.

Safe sunlight and the need for vitamin D:

Mothers need vitamin D; some mothers need more than others. Direct sunshine is the normal way for the skin to make vitamin D. In Saskatchewan during April to October, it will take 10-15 minutes per day in the sun without sun block. Cover your head and expose your arms and legs. This will give you enough vitamin D during the summer. You will need to get vitamin D from your diet or a supplement during the winter.

Health Canada recommends keeping your baby under a year out of direct sunlight. This means that a vitamin D supplement of 400-800 IU is needed. Check with your doctor for the dosage your baby needs. Give this supplement daily. Start this within the first month after birth. Continue until your child is a year old or until consuming 400 IU from a dietary source.
Discuss this with your Public Health Nurse.

Financial support for breastfeeding

If you are presently receiving social assistance there is an extra food allowance for you while you are breastfeeding. Contact your social worker or Public Health Nurse for more information.

Birth control while breastfeeding:

Becoming pregnant while your baby is very young can lead to problems with your milk supply. Using a birth control method that can protect your breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can not keep you from becoming pregnant. Exclusive breastfeeding, however, during the first six months may. You will need to breastfeed following the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) to ensure that exclusive breastfeeding can work for you. Your Public Health Nurse can provide you with information on this method and other family planning methods that can work for breastfeeding mothers.

Discuss these options with your health care provider or family doctor before deciding what will work for you.


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